Viddler And Why Some People Prefer To Use Them


I was just over at Gary Vaynerchuk’s site where he is talking about drawing lines in the sand where I noticed that where most people use YouTube Gary is using different video hosting service called Viddler. OK, so Gary is a pretty with it sort of guy and I have noticed other people using this particular and so I wondered why they used Viddler over YouTube. Could it possibly be that being a business orientated blog he wanted a host that that concentrated on online video for business?

So, I figure I should look into it and the first major difference I discovered was that you had to pay to host your video on Viddler! OK, so why would anyone want to pay for a service that you can get for free? :ponder_tb: Yeah, now that really got me wandering and the obvious thing that came to mind was that it offered something that YouTube didn’t.

One advantage that YouTube would have over Viddler would have to be exposure, as I figure seeing as how I’ve never heard of Viddler a lot of other people probably haven’t heard of it either so you wouldn’t get the same exposure as hosting it on YouTube, so it must have other underlying qualities.

One of the main difference is the size of video you can upload. Google limits your to a 10 min 1 GB video and there may be a lot of people, especially if they are uploading HD quality video, who find this very limiting. With Viddler, who have a monthly fee of $100, you get the capacity to store 50GBs as well as 50GBs of bandwidth. Seems to me that people would be wanting a hell of a lot more features for that sort of outlay.

OK, what other features apart from quality and storage do they offer. Perhaps there is a way you can make money from people watching your videos, and this can be maximized when people embed your video on their site? Yes, people can indeed embed your videos. From what I can gather you can embed your ads into the video as well as having the facility to enable people to click on the video and be directed to your site. Could be some SEO advantages here?

There is actually a lot of other features and I know that some of you may have a lot of questions, and I’m certainly no expert on the matter, so perhaps a link to their FAQ page is in order.

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  1. Your facts are not entirely accurate. While commercial videos must pay a charge for hosting, there is no charge for personal videos. I occasionally create video posts and use Viddler, but I use the personal aspect, per http://www.viddler.com/faq/

    The killer element that Viddler offers is anyone can record a video in response and a “dot” is added in the timeline.
    .-= Ari Herzog@Onlinemedia Strategies´s last blog ..Boost Corporate Branding and Add That Blog Comment =-.

    1. I checked out your link Ari and I couldn’t work out why it was different from the FAQ link that in my post, and then it suddenly dawned on me. They have two two sites, one related to business or commercial use and the other, the other is for personal use.

      I did notice that the commercial use version has got more features, and it seems that is the one Gary uses, but that is to be expected.

  2. My friend asked me if I had ever posted anything on Viddler before and I honestly had never heard of it at the time. I wanted to peep out some information on it and came across your blog. Good insight.

    It’ll be interesting to see if anyone gives youtube a run for their money anytime soon the way facebook kind of blew myspace outta the water.

    Great insight. Thanks for the post!
    .-= Andrew@Promotional Sports Bags´s last blog ..Promo Coffee Mugs =-.

    1. No worries Andrew, good to see that I got the timing right for a change.

  3. Hey Sire,
    I’ve only put a couple of videos up on my blog, but it’s free.

    For me the biggest bonus I find with Viddler is that when it’s embedded on someone’s site I notice it downloads much faster. With YouTube and Vimeo I have first hit play and then pause for several minutes while they download. With Viddler on the other hand I just hit play and it downloads and plays without me having to pause it to accomodate buffering.

    What I recommend is that you embed videos from Viddler on your site for your readers convenience with the speed but also put the same video on YouTube to get more exposure.
    .-= Gordie´s last blog ..How Passionate Speaking Can Be Deceiving. =-.

    1. Sire–great convo going on here man!
      My thought with YouTube is that people who are on the site are there to consume vids and stay there. They won’t come to your site.
      But Viddler: people don’t actually go to the Viddler site to look at videos. They must instead find your site and watch the vid there.
      IOW– people on youTube are there for entertainment, while people that come to your actual site (preferrably) through search engines, are there to engage with you and your content or buy something.
      Al
      .-= Allyn´s last blog ..Targeting The Long Tails In Internet Marketing =-.

      1. That’s the way I look at it Al, and like I said, I have a video on Youtube with almost 7000 views and I can’t recall any traffic from there so I guess that sort of proves your point.

    2. But what is the point of exposure on YouTube. There is no benefit to you is there?

      1. Might get some new traffic and eventual readers through YouTube if the content is good.
        .-= Gordie´s last blog ..How Passionate Speaking Can Be Deceiving. =-.

        1. I don’t know about that. I have one video there that has received almost 7000 views and I don’t recall any traffic from there, although the post that the video is posted on does quite well.

          I wonder if anyone has embedded it? Perhaps if it was hosted on Viddler with a link to here within the video, I think that would have more of an advantage.

  4. I use Viddler for free and love it.
    I used to have a paid sub to Vimeo, and the HD quality there was great, but the delivery was choppy, especially for my overseas veiwers.(dunno why)
    You will find, however, that Viddler does not offer any SEO benefit really. When you do searches for products or services, rarely do you see Viddler vids in the video results. It is almost always YouTube.
    Anyway, I like Viddler because it is more of a serious platform. It’s like using Linkden instead of Myspace.
    Also, Viddler has the ability to post comments in the timeline (look at Gary’s vids and see the dots in the timeline)
    But what I do is use those comment areas to post links to products.
    So if I am doing a video review of a product, I say “look below for a link to where you can buy this cheaply” and i use the comment popup for the links, usually a biturl or tinyurl.
    So, for me, when I do video product reviews, I always use Viddler.
    AL
    .-= Allyn´s last blog ..Targeting The Long Tails In Internet Marketing =-.

    1. One more thing against YouTube and Vimeo is that they are blocked here is China while Viddler isn’t. :)
      .-= Gordie´s last blog ..How Passionate Speaking Can Be Deceiving. =-.

    2. I also always used only Viddler and I am fully happy with it. It does not worth to pay money for something

    3. I didn’t know you could do that with the free version. That’s a great plus for it.

  5. but free service most of the time will have problem. Not like paid service which keep maintain and update regularly.
    .-= Sue´s last blog ..Satellite TV Trends – Watch Digital TV on your PC =-.

    1. That can be true Sue, but it usually depends on who is running the free service. I do think however that the paid service will have added advantages.

  6. Hey, thanks for introducing us to a new video service! If and when I ever lose weight I might be doing more video posts. Heh. Or crochet tutorials. (Exciting stuff.)

    I’ll do some more research. As it stands, I’m a little confused between the features of the personal vs the business account.
    .-= Heather Kephart´s last blog ..Life returns to normal =-.

    1. Yeah, well that comment I didn’t even know there was a personal account. I reckon I would start off with that first though to see how it goes.

      Also isn’t fat in the eye of the beholder. If I recall all those classical art from the renaissance period had women with some meat on them. Some women tend to go overboard and I’ve seen way to many who are so skinny I wouldn’t look twice at them.

  7. A video service I’ve never heard of either. I wonder how successful they’d be? Everyone is cheap now a days/ No one wants to pay for service they can get for free. well that’s what I’m seeing.

    1. I suppose it all depends what you get for the paid version. Apparently they have some pretty nice clientèle that are willing to pay for their services

  8. I’ve never heard of Viddler and I agree with you that the exposure on YouTube would be much larger. That’s the reason I would use YouTube over Viddler.

    1. Yeah, I suppose it all depends on what you want. Personally I would prefer a service that would let me embed linkable urls from within so that every time someone embedded my video into their site I get some free advertising to my site rather than to YouTube.


  9. Twitter:
    A video service I’ve never heard of, but just one in the million that I won’t be using for awhile since I don’t have a video camera to begin with. Maybe one of these days, eh? :-)
    .-= Mitch´s last blog ..My First Book Review! =-.

    1. No worries Mitch, perhaps you will buy one with all the cash you’re going to get from all those eBook sales. :wink_ee:

  10. At the end of the day, I still think we have to put our readers first and I think Viddler’s speed makes it a great way to save your readers’ time.
    .-= Gordie´s last blog ..How Passionate Speaking Can Be Deceiving. =-.

    1. Amen to that Gordie, the reader should always come first.

  11. I have heard a lot about Viddler from my Sweedish friends, but the service is unfortunately not available in Germany yet.

    1. I didn’t realize they were country specific?

  12. Personally, when I start doing video I’m definitely going to use both services. And then I’ll see which one is better to embed on my own blog as in download time. But the more places that we put the videos on, the more chances it gets discovered. So much to learn.. so little time
    I might just get me a video teacher to come help me LOL.
    All the best,
    Eren
    .-= Eren Mckay´s last blog ..Family bonding activities – insights to help you connect deeply =-.

    1. Looking forward to seeing another video Eren, it’s been so long since the last one.

        1. Thanks Eren. I’ll be waiting.

  13. Interesting points, but I find that when I upload my videos to YouTube I get a lot of organic traffic from the site. Best solution is maybe upload them to both.
    .-= Jill´s last blog ..My essay on pain and quilting =-.

    1. Yep, that way you would get the best from both worlds. Thanks Jill.

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